Michael Apted directs this well-observed familial drama featuring Teri Garr, Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Corey Haim, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Robert Downey Jr.
Apted unsurprisingly has a very soft touch for small and believable human moments in the early-goings of Firstborn, focusing on the emotional turmoil bubbling just under the surface for Garr's divorced mother trying to be as good as mother as she can for Collet and Haim.
The introduction of Weller's skeezy boyfriend character ratchets up the drama, but unfortunately goes a bit too over-the-top in the film's finale. This is not the kind of movie that needs an extended chase scene at the end, and it's certainly not the kind of movie that should have Weller busting through doors like RoboCop.
It's all entertaining regardless, but it betrays the very honest and emotional drama that came before it. Despite this, the strong performances really hold the whole thing together even with the silly finale.